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Lee Health invites mothers to take part in Global ‘Big Latch On’

By Staff | Jul 31, 2019

Southwest Florida mothers are invited to join Lee Health for the Global “Big Latch On” event to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding. The annual event is held around the world during World Breastfeeding Week.

This year, Lee Health’s Global Big Latch On events will take place:

Friday, Aug. 2, 10 a.m. at the Healthy Life Center Cape Coral, 609 S.E. 13th Court

Saturday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m. at the Healthy Life Center – Estero, 23450 Via Coconut Point

“Breastfeeding has many benefits for both mother and child and the Global Big Latch On helps raise awareness and promote a healthy start for infants,” said Nancy Travis, RN, VP of Operations and Chief Nurse Executive at Cape Coral Hospital. “The hope is breastfeeding will become more accepted as part of everyday life, and more women will be encouraged and supported to breastfeed as long as possible to maximize benefits.”

The first Big Latch On took place in New Zealand in 2005, and has grown into a global event.

The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first 6 months of life, then continued breastfeeding and appropriate complementary foods up to 2 years of age, or beyond, as mutually desired by the mother and child.

For more information about the Global Big Latch On, please call Cape Coral Hospital at 239-424-3210 or the Healthy Life Center Estero at 239-468-0050.

About Lee Health

Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a health care leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated health care services organization, Lee Health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Formerly known as Lee Memorial Health System, the organization began its second century of service with a new name in 2016. Learn more at www.LeeHealth.org.